|Persecution Type:||Islamic Oppression|
|Government:||Federal Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy|
|Leader:||King Muhammad V|
Christians in Malaysia and other minorities are hopeful that life under their new, more moderate government will improve. However, the Constitution still prohibits converting from Islam to other religions, and the courts still often favor Muslims over minority group members in legal matters such as divorce or child custody. In addition, women who convert are often threatened with rape or forced marriage.
Ethnic Malay people are expected to be Muslim and therefore face the most severe forms of Christian persecution when they convert to Christianity. Anyone who deviates from their native beliefs not only goes against the Constitution but also against society at large—including its power holders. Roman Catholics and Methodists are often watched by authorities, but non-traditional Protestant groups active in testifying about their faith are targeted more.
All children in state-run nursery and primary schools are required to attend Islamic education. In state schools, Muslim pupils (including Christians with a Muslim background) are required to attend Islamic classes. At the university level, Islamic courses are also mandated.
In February 2017, Pastor Raymond Koh was abducted in broad daylight. The country’s Human Rights Commission has attempted to investigate this incident but has been prevented from freely proceeding with their investigation.
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